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SOME FACTS ABOUT DOCTOR WHO
- Doctor Who first aired in the UK on 23rd November 1963. The current series premiered on 26th March 2005.
- Excluding There have been twelve Doctors to date (excluding the War Doctor, about whom there is great debate! Are you Team 8.5 or Team 9?). In chronological order, they are as follows: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christoher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi.
- The Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. The Time Lords fought the daleks (from planet Skaro) in the Last Great Time War. He has since then bumped into the daleks, including their leader Davros, on several occasions - they just cannot be vanquished! (But isn't Dalek Sec awfully cute?)
- It's not just the daleks that the Doctor meets on his travels. He flies around in his police public call box ("The angels have the phonebox," remember!), better known as the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), and always seems to come face to face with creatures that are out to cause trouble. Since there are too many to name, I will recommend the episodes with my personal favourite creatures, including being such as the sycorax, the slitheen, the sontaran, the time zombies, the vashta nerada, the carrionites, and the gelth.
- Of course, not every alien the Doctor meets is evil. Examples of some friendly ones include the Face of Boe, the ood, and the siliruans.
- The Doctor has teamed up with some aliens too (excluding himself, of course - his kind is not alien to him!). K9 is a firm favourite of many (who wouldn't want to travel with a robot dog?), and we can't forget about Captain Jack Harkness too, played by the very perfect John Barrowman.
- However, the Doctor does tend to travel with humans. Companions from the current series include Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), and now Bill (Pearl Mackie).
- With these companions, the Doctor can find himself in some very complex story arcs. For example, in the first series we had 'Bad Wolf' (which was expertly concealed and not thrown in our faces every two minutes!). Series three brought us Harold Saxon/The Master, and Amy Pond was 'the girl who waited', which in itself opened up a whole tangled web. Then there was 'the impossible girl' with Clara 'Oswin' Oswald, and her subsequent encounters with Ashildr/Me (Maisie Williams) - anybody else's head spin a little bit trying to keep up with that one?
- Then there's River Song (Alex Kingston). I love River. I don't care how complex and confusing her timeline can be since it runs in reverse to the Doctor's. I love her. Yes I do.
- We can't forget about the spin-off shows either. We had Torchwood (Eve Myles is love) and the Sarah Jane Adventures (starring Elisabeth Sladen, a much-loved former companion of the Doctor's), and soon we'll have Class too. Oh, and there was Doctor Who Confidential (still sad about the loss of that one!) and Totally Doctor Who.
- Alongside plenty of merchandise, Doctor Who can also be absorbed (no Absorbaloff jokes, please) through a whole host of novels, activity books, magazines, and games. The adventure never ends...
(And, yes, I'm one of those fans who is happy to be called a Whovian!)
- Series directors include, among others, Graeme Harper, Euros Lyn, Douglas Mackinnon, and James Strong.
- Series writers include Sydney Newman, Steven Moffat, Russel T. Davies, Terry Nation, Gerry Davis, Kit Pedlar, and Robert Holmes.
- Series producers include Moffat, Davies, Julie Gardner, and Phil Collinson.
- Music is by Murray Gold. Personal song recommendations include 'Doomsday' and 'Song for Ten'.
- Cinematographers include Ernest Vincze, Rory Taylor, and Stephan Pehrsson.
Filming locations include BBC Cardiff, Westminster Bridge, Brandon Estate (as the Powell Estate), Cardiff Royal Infirmary, 30 St Mary's Axe, Trafalgar Square, One Canada Square, and Canal Park.
More information about Doctor Who can be found on IMDb at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436992/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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